I’ve published two previews of my in-process Downtime novelette at my personal site, but going forward that sort of work will be shared here instead. This is the last public preview for Downtime, and there haven’t been any significant changes to the introduction.  However, as I noted in my last article here, I’m shelving the… Read More


I just watched Mad Max: Fury Road last night and it changed everything. First, about the movie.  I went in with high expectations.  And why not?  Like many, I’ve impatiently awaited a new Max fix for decades.  Meanwhile, uberdirector George Miller fought an artist’s lifetime of development hell to get this hyperbolic tribute to dystopian auto… Read More


I mentioned my novelette-in-progress, Downtime, in the Launch post here.  What I didn’t say and maybe should have is that the story was inspired by one of my favorite writers, Ray Bradbury.  Two of his works factor in: Rocket Summer from The Martian Chronicles, and the immortal Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury’s evocative visuals in Rocket Summer led me… Read More


Greetings, and welcome to Unsettled Space! I’ve been writing at various channels over the years, largely at my home domain, texrat.net, and recently I’ve decided to get serious about my fiction.  Not the little white lies, but the really big ones I’m willing to commit to print.… Read More